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Paul's mother's clothing business


Hiccups and love story
Claudia Roden Writer
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So, I was working at Alitalia, and I would go to a café in Hamilton Square, or Hamilton Place. And I went to the café, and there he was. I didn't notice him, but he noticed me. And I had hiccups. And he came and brought a glass of water and a piece of bread. He had asked for a piece of bread. And my hiccups was... went gradually. And then I went. And he didn't talk to me. But after about two months, I went to the café and the woman came running. She said, 'There's a man who keeps coming. And you were there when you had hiccups. And he said... there's his number. And he asked... he would like you to call him'. And so, I called him. And the things was... afterwards, I heard from him, or from her, not from him, that he told her he would give her a big present if she found me.

Claudia Roden (b. 1936) is an Egyptian-born British cookbook writer and cultural anthropologist of Sephardi/Mizrahi descent. She is best known as the author of Middle Eastern cookbooks including A Book of Middle Eastern Food, The New Book of Middle Eastern Food and The Book of Jewish Food.

Listeners: Nelly Wolman

Claudia Roden talking to her granddaughter Nelly Wolman about her life in food.

Tags: café, hiccups

Duration: 1 minute, 10 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2022

Date story went live: 04 December 2023